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CHRISTOPHER SMART, A. M.
Fellow of Pembroke-Hall, Cambridge.
-nonumque prematur in annum.
To the Right HONOURABLE the
EARL of MIDDLESEX.
this Volume, that I should address your Lordship, as the Judge of Science, and the hereditary Patron of learned Men; but I shall take the Liberty of disappointing them, having, as I presume, a stronger and more natural Claim to your Protection from a lucky Accident, than from any real Excellence I can pretend to, either as a Writer or a Scholar.
This lucky Accident, my Lord, is the Honour (I had almost said Merit) of being born within a few Miles of your Lordship; and tho’ I have too much Diffidence to ask your Pa
tronage tronage as a Poet, I have Assurance enough to demand it as a Man of Kent.
I shall not imitate, in this Dedication (if such an homely Epistle may aspire to so polite a Name) the Conduct of most modern Authors, who are always particularly fulsome, at the very Time they, with the utmost Solemnity, protest against Flattery-----What I sincerely believe of you I have said already, and you will find it in the introductory Ode on Good-nature, which I beg Leave, in an efpecial Manner, not only to infcribe, but to apply to the Earl of Middlesex.
my Lord, with the utmost respect, Your Lordship’s most obedient, and most obliged humble Servant,
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